Join Mountain Area Preservation (MAP) on Thursday March 23 from 5:30-7:00 at the Cedar House Sports Hotel for our first Project Mixer of the year. MAP will be updating the community on the Martis Valley West litigation and how to get involved in our grass-roots efforts fighting the housing proposal for 760 homes adjacent to Brockway Summit. Cash bar & light appetizers. For more information call our office at 530.582.6751 or email info@mapf.org.

The MAP Environmental Scholarship is a $1,000 award to a high school graduating senior residing in the Truckee-Tahoe who will be attending a two or four year college/university and pursuing a degree in the environmental science/studies sector. Special focuses can include natural resource management, planning, law, policy or sustainability initiatives.

For more information on the scholarship or to apply, https://ttcf.awardspring.com

 

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Thank you MAP donors for supporting us during the Give Back Tahoe Campaign! With 94 donations online from November 29 to December 13, we were able to raise $35,253 dollars in total! That includes winning the #GivingTuesday challenge for $1,000 and the Grand Challenge for medium sized non-profits for $5,000! We are so grateful for all of the community support we have received this holiday season!

July 7, 2016

PLACER PLANNING COMMISSION VOTES TO DENY MARTIS VALLEY WESTimage005

Kings Beach, Calif. – In a stunning victory for Tahoe conservationists today, the Placer County Planning Commission voted to deny approval of the Martis West development project, proposed for the mountain ridges above North Lake Tahoe.

“Today’s vote is great news for everyone who loves Tahoe” said Tom Mooers of Sierra Watch. “It’s not necessarily the end of the road for the project, but it’s a clear indication that it has no place in North Lake Tahoe.”

The Commission’s 5-2 vote to deny the project is technically a recommendation made to the Placer County Board of Supervisors, who maintain final decision-making authority.
But it’s not a recommendation that was made – nor will likely be taken – lightly. The Commission held two day-long hearings, took hours of public testimony, and researched thousands of pages of planning documents before reaching their decision.

The project is part of a two-step proposal for the ridge dividing the Tahoe Basin and North Lake Tahoe at Brockway Summit.

The Martis Valley West project, at issue at today’s hearing, proposes a gated development of 760 new dwelling units on the Martis Valley side of the ridge.

The Brockway Campground resort development, a subsequent proposal, would include 550 sites and commercial facilities on the Tahoe Basin side of the ridge.

image004Today’s meeting was a continuation of the initial Planning Commission hearing on the Martis West proposal. At that hearing, held in North Tahoe on June 9, the Commission took hours of public testimony – nearly all in opposition to the project.

But they wanted to find out more, so they asked to suspend the hearing and meet again, with a focus on how the proposed development would impact three specific issues: (1) Traffic and Highway 267; (2) Fire Safety & Emergency     Evacuation; and (3) Lake Tahoe.

With the onset of the 2016 fire season, safety was a hot topic. Representatives of local agencies and first responders discussed their concerns about emergency evacuation.

Captain Ryan Stonebraker came from the Truckee-based office of the California Highway Patrol. He pointed out that they have a bicycle patrol in North Tahoe because the traffic is already so bad. As he told the Commission, “A bicycle is the only thing that can get around in Kings Beach.”

Beth Kenna spoke on behalf of the North Tahoe Fire Protection District and told the Commission that the district and its Chief “share our constituents’ concerns in regards to the added fire and evacuation challenges”.

“We are not confident that our concerns have been adequately addressed by the applicant through the County,” said Kenna.

Hundreds of Tahoe residents attended the hearing, many holding up signs that read, “DENY Martis Valley West.” A stream of locals stepped to the podium to address the Commission.

Once again, public input was overwhelming. Every speaker expressed opposition and urged the Commission to deny the project.

No one but the developers and their consultants spoke in favor of the project.

Local conservation groups were united in their opposition.

Alexis Ollar of Truckee-based Mountain Area Preservation pointed to the project’s impact on traffic. Proposed development would add to roads and highways already at gridlock.
Ollar urged the Commission, “Please send the applicants back to the drawing board.”

The League to Save Lake Tahoe pointed out that the project would jeopardize its ongoing work to “Keep Tahoe Blue”.

The project would pump new traffic and cars into the Tahoe Basin. That traffic leads to an increase in Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT), which, in turn, leads to further loss in the lake’s famous clarity – arguable the region’s most fundamental asset.

“A vote to approve this project is a vote against the lake,” Shannon Eckmeyer of the League to Save Lake Tahoe told the Commission.

And, in the end, the Planning Commission agreed.

After some discussion amongst themselves, they were ready to take a vote, quickly passing resolutions to recommend to deny certification of the project’s Environmental Impact Report and to deny the project itself.

image006The Commission’s recommendation will be forwarded to the County Board of Supervisors, who may hold a public hearing on the proposal later this summer.

Mountain Area Preservation (MAP) is the proud recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Truckee River Fund in support of the Trout Creek Pocket Park, located at Bridge and Jibboom Streets in Historic Downtown Truckee. This grant is tied to the extensive water quality improvements proposed at the site, including permeable pavers and a drainage system designed to treat run-off before it enters Trout Creek, a tributary of the Truckee River.

The Truckee River Fund was established in 2004 by the Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA). Truckee River Fund grants are primarily used for projects that protect and enhance water quality or water resources of the Truckee River, or its watershed.

The Trout Creek Pocket Park and Restoration Initiative has been part of the Truckee Downtown Specific Plan’s vision since 1997. This project will revitalize and restore an urban natural resource and neglected landscape by creating a green open space and park setting for visitors and locals to enjoy along the creek’s edge. MAP plans to break ground on May 2nd with an expected completion of the project this summer. This Community Benefit Project will be a catalyst for future restoration initiatives and the development of green, gathering spaces in Truckee.

MAP is still in need of donations to support this effort. Please contact Nikki Riley at 530-582-6751 or Nikki@mapf.org to contribute to the Friends of Trout Creek and learn more about this project.

Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Co. Donates to Trout Creek Pocket Park

Truckee Tahoe Lumber Company (TTL) has given Mountain Area Preservation (MAP) a $4,000 donation in support of the Trout Creek Pocket Park, located at Bridge and Jibboom Streets in Historic Downtown Truckee. This donation will cover the cost of the structural footings for the Art Bike Rack and the Rotating Public Art. 
“Truckee-Tahoe Lumber is passionate about contributing to and doing what’s best for the Town of Truckee and this includes supporting the beautification of the downtown area,” Andrew Cross, President of Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Company.

The Trout Creek Pocket Park and Restoration Initiative has been part of the Truckee Downtown Specific Plan’s vision since 1997. This project will revitalize and restore an urban natural resource and neglected landscape by creating a green open space and park setting for visitors and locals to enjoy along the creek’s edge.

MAP plans to break ground this spring and believes that the Trout Creek Pocket Park will be the catalyst for more green spaces throughout downtown Truckee. We are still in need of donations to support this effort. Please contact Nikki Riley at 530-582-6751 or Nikki@mapf.org to contribute to the Friends of Trout Creek and learn more about this project.

WWG-MAP Membership Raffle

 

Become a MAP member or make a minimum donation of $20 or more and be entered into the Winter Wonder Grass Festival ticket giveaway! MAP has 2, 3-day festival tickets, valued at $150 each. We are running a month long membership drive, and will raffle off both festival tickets on Wednesday March 30th at 3pm.
Donate via paypal or stop by our office (10116 Jibboom Street) to make a donation and receive a raffle ticket! Call our office with questions @ 530-582-6751.